Workplace Ethics

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

We have all heard about workplace ethics and what is most commonly understood about ethics is there are ethics and there are workplace ethics. But what most people don’t realize is that there is now such thing as workplace ethics; ethics are the same (or, should be) whether in the workplace or in personal life. Ethics have every bit as much a place in the public as they do in private. How is it there should be separate sets of ethics, depending upon whether it is your personal life or your work life? The answer is that there should not be a separate set and in light of recent events that we see on our televisions as of late, more and more companies are realizing this fact.

The word “ethic” is defined as, “The body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group” or “A complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual”. It has been said that having ethics is doing the right or moral thing when no one is looking. Ethics is a personal choice and therefore, how workplace ethics are governed depends upon the personal ethics of those who are in authority over that workplace and also those who work in that environment.

Workplace ethics are an extension of the personal standards or lack of them that is inherent in the people who make up the workplace.  It seems that the current worldview deems that the only wrong thing about shady business dealings and immoral workplace ethics is in getting “caught.” So wouldn’t it just be easier to have integrity with everything you do and not have separate morals in regards to the workplace.

“The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”
Thomas Babington

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Drupal vs. Joomla

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Having just studied about Drupal and how to use and integrate it as a solution to web design and development it brought a curiosity to this subject. Having also heard about Joomla I thought I would do a little research to find some answers. There are many aspects to compare from both of these CMS applications. I will just touch on a few then provide a link to a more thorough article on the subject.
Of course, some of these are opinions and you may need further data to support their findings.
Best CMS for ACL
Drupal is far better for ACL, and also handles high page numbers better.
Best visual CMS
Joomla is the best visual CMS around. Nothing can beat it in the appearance stakes. It’s quicker and easier to get a great-looking site up with Joomla than with almost any other solution.
Best CMS for ease of use
The easiest full-feature CMS for the end-user* (the site owner or webmaster) is Joomla – the admin usability is unbeatable. Drupal is not so good, and becomes much trickier to manage when any kind of ACL is used, as that always obfuscates things to a certain degree.
Most stable CMS
Drupal is the winner here because it scales well and is rock-solid under heavy load. he description ‘most stable CMS’ implies the one that scales best, ie handles large numbers of plugins, high page numbers, and heavy loads best. Joomla is not as stable when heavily extended (lots of plugins).
Best CMS for high traffic
Both Drupal and Joomla handle high traffic well.
Easiest CMS to learn
Joomla wins this one. It’s partly down to the nice admin, and the fact that everything you need is clearly presented in the admin panel.
TCO Drupal vs Joomla
Total Cost of Ownership for both Drupal and Joomla are among the lowest of all mass-market CMS.
Joomla wins out here but if you need ACL and high-load with high page number stability, Drupal is the best choice.

In brief:
Drupal CMS — best ACL, high page numbers, stability.  Not so good on templating, visuals, sysadmin usability.
SEO is good.
Joomla CMS — best on features, media capability, repurposing, templating, visuals, admin usability, ecommerce. Poor ACL and high page number capability.  SEO is very good, and in practice better than Drupal.

Learn more here: http://www.a3webtech.com/index.php/compare-drupal-v-joomla-cms.html

 

 

 

 

Respect

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

This is one attribute that you have to give to receive. It is never a given I really think you have to earn it. What you do to give respect is directly how you are treated in return. How you conduct yourself towards others will reflect back to how you will be treated in most cases. I was always taught to respect others especially my elders. Being an army brat this is one subject that was constantly taught to me. I learned at a young age how you treat others with respect. But on the flip side for me to respect others is a reflection of how others gave respect. I would follow others which I did respect and try to mimic how they handled themselves.

All of life’s lessons are applied to our work and business relationships. To respect others is to be respected. We will always be rewarded for showing respect. It does not necessarily mean that you will always get it in return but with the majority of those you will. It is kind of weird if you give someone respect and they do not give you it in return you lose respect for the other person it is weird how that works.

Respect a man, and he will do all the more. John Wooden

Positive Attitude

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Web Class

This is something that affects both the giver and the receiver. I don’t know which is affected the most. But I bet you it is the giver. It has been proven over and over again those with a positive attitude are healthier people. Many trials have shown those with cancer that are fighting the disease and have a positive attitude have a better chance of beating the disease. But showing a positive attitude is infectious. No one wants to deal with someone that is negative. Your attitude will affect how successful you are. You will produce more results with a positive attitude than a negative one.

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being
can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” –
William James

Your attitude is your choice. But what would you rather do choose to be negative which will affect yourself and others negatively or with a positive attitude which provides potential, progress, success, hope and something to look forward to.

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and
an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
Harry Truman

In business you will find those that are successful have a positive outlook. They also surround themselves with positive people. So the next time you choose your attitude what will it be? Will you know one of the keys to success? Or will you bring yourself and others down.

“So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains,
and we never even know we have the key.”
The Eagles


Communication

Posted: December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

If you are reading this you are involved with one form of communication. Computers, smart phones, electronic readers have changed the way we communicate. I feel it is important to embrace these technologies but not to depend completely upon them. Personal communication, yes the old school of face to face communication, will always be the most important. Your ability to communicate with others is vitally important in every aspect of your life. Probably the most important to this is being able  to listen and comprehend what is being said.  In today’s environment with all the avenues of communication it is vitally important to become good communicators. You hear of all the horror stories of those who have misused email, twitter, facebook and others to their demise. Such as losing their jobs, relationships and big business ventures. You must use these technologies with care. Understanding who is receiving these messages.

In business those who are successful are those who not only listen to their audience but implement what their audience is asking for. We as web developers need to listen to our clients needs while searching for ways to reach new audiences. Being able to engage others through the web should be our goal. So our ability to communicate through our websites is what will make us successful. How we communicate with others in all aspects of our lives will always determine our success.

The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through. Sydney J. Harris

Take Charge

Posted: November 9, 2010 in Web Class

I took this opportunity to explore a controversial subject on the web today and what the future holds. My question was HTML vs Flash as far as building websites. What I learned was there is more to this argument then I knew. First of all, it transformed into HTML 5 vs Flash. Because of the new abilities of HTML 5 it has proven to be a viable competitor to Flash. But I also learned there is another concern in the mobile device category about supporting Flash or not. Such as Apple has done in abandoning Flash for HTML 5 for their mobile devices specifically the iPad. Then you wonder what that has to do with web development. Companies are abandoning Flash websites for web standard websites because of the market share of mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.  Take a look at this link for pros and cons of  HTML and Flash:

http://www.devirtuoso.com/2009/05/html-vs-flash-websites-which-is-better/

HTML 5 has addressed some of HTML shortcomings with comparison to Flash and video. But there are still issues to work out and time will tell. I think the truth about both HTML and Flash is they both are progressing and providing better experiences for the users and developers. It may be the ones most successful are those who integrate both in their web strategies.

At the heart of the matter is how to deliver a great experience
to users no matter the technology or platform.

“HTML5 vs. Flash” is the wrong discussion. “Accessible rich media” is the right one.

— Jeffrey Zeldman

In the end, we’re all just trying to create websites that can be accessed and used, regardless of the tools we use to deliver them. Here are a couple great standards-based websites with user interactivity.
http://cpeople.ru/

http://www.arcinspirations.com/kobe/

Teamwork

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Web Class

The topic of teamwork easily lends itself to sports. There is something about competing in a team sport. There are so many life lessons you learn from participating. You learn quickly how trying to do things by yourself will lead to ruin. That the strength of any team is how well they work together. You must put your selfish desires away. There is an interesting situation that will unfold in the NBA this season with the so-called super team of the Miami Heat. With the addition of Lebron James and Chris Bosch to the already superstar DeWayne Wade. We will see how important teamwork will apply to this team. All three are superstars themselves but the success of this team will be how well they work together to the common goal of winning a championship.

Teamwork is essential in all aspects of business. In the web industry there are many players to creating strong websites. You have web developers, web designers, programmers, content managers, writers, marketing and research. Each one plays a big role but they need to work together as a team to be on the same page so to speak. ha! The collaboration and ideas presented from each area will provide rich content and a good user experience to create a successful website. So it is essential that you are a team player. It is give and take. Provide your ideas and input but you also need to be open-minded to other ideas and directions. Remember the quality of the product or service provided is the result of a strong team effort.

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
Babe Ruth